Lost Dog | Napa Smith Brewery

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Napa Smith Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Offa on 04-22-2009

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Photo of BeerMePlze
4.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer at a buddy's place, never heard of it, and I was thirsty.

Very impressed, a beautiful amber/reddish hue and great malt aroma. Smells a little sweet, not too overpowering though, a very pleasant balance. Tastes somewhat fruity with just the right amount of hop backbone. A little bit of toasted nut flavor as well.

Pretty easy drinking, not too heavy... and extremely sessionable for the ABV of 7.2%.

All in all i was very pleased with this find!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.27/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lost Dog was left behind in the beach-house where we are for the weekend by the couple who left a night early, so the name is fairly apropro. Impressive, mostly opaque brown hue covered with beige lace. Nose is strong with heavy sweet malt with wine, spice and medicine notes.

The flavor is likewise oversweet with heavy toasted malt and notes of caramel, toffee, iron, cereals, and booze. The candied up flavor is supported admirably by a thick, lasting texture throughout. High flavor and warming on the coldest night of the week. The alcohol number is high for the style, as is the final score.

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Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber hue with a decent head into my glass. Looks very nice for the style.

A hint of grassy hops and sweet malt greets the nose. Seems balanced but it depends on the taste.

This is a lightly-hopped, sweet red ale. The ABV is slightly higher than a standard but the taste is no less robust.

Carbonation is mild, bordering on wild, at least at the back of the throat.

Definitely for the fan of red ales that attempt to offer more than just blandness.

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Photo of Stro23m
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack of this to try...

I love it, very hoppy and clean flavor to it.

Its like an ipa but could be hoppier. although im partial to beers with 80+ ibu's.

you can really taste and feel the alcohol in this beer at 7.2%.

Overall i would buy again but there are better options out there and the down side is it comes in 4 packs insted of 6.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a bomber and on tap at Prima. L: Hazy amber with a light copper tint under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Bread and citrus T: Starts with sweet malt, light bread crust and finishes with a bitter hop accent. F: Medium body and medium carbonation. O: I tend to prefer more assertive styles but this beer has character and is easy to drink.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pumpkin-hued amber with a nice fluffy white head.

Smells of fresh grain, some figs, and a hint of pine.

The taste is quite a bit less hoppy than the nose leads me to believe. Smooth, lightly roasted drain, figs, and a bit of pine resin in the finish. Very nice.

The feel is velvety and well-balanced.

Overall, I'm quite pleased. This is a good standard amber, yet I would have liked a little more hops.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've grown accustomed to American Ambers shooting for the hoppy side, crowding toward the American Pale Ale realm. This beer is content to settle back and let the malt do the work. A bit on the sweet side, with caramel notes predominant. Moderate bittering toward the end pulls the beer short of cloying.

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Photo of T100Mark
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, in a pint glass, at the brewery.

Appearance - Nice copper color. Amazing clarity. Moderate white, foamy head. Moderate stickage. A fine looking beer.

Smell - Malty/bready. A touch sweet. A bit toasty. Nice.

Taste - Moderate caramel flavor. Faint vanilla taste. A little toasty. A mild hop hit on the back-end.

Mouth - Fine carbonation. Clean.

Overall - A nice, straight-forward ale. British in character. Balanced. Very chugable. A touch more malt would be appreciated. I don't know why the ratings aren't a little higher (although the fact that the beer I was sampling came out of the fermentation tank yesterday might have something to do with this).

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Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasing looking beer with a big light brown to tan head the slowly settles in a pretty decent lacing above a clear caramel amber colored beer with a reddish tint to it.

A warming earthy to almost burnt light caramel aroma, that has light hints of other spices or hops trying to peak through.

The taste is very comparable to the aroma, warming earthy toasted caramel malt taste, with more slight tastes coming through; such as slight spices, a very light bitter hops, light grains, and probably more.

A medium bodied beer with a light dry aftertaste that has some pretty interesting things going on, you should check out the Lost Dog.

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Photo of jsh420
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours clear reddish copper with a 1+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of caramel malts and floral hops

tasteis close to the nose sweet caramel malts with just enough bitter floral hops

mouthfeel is ok - medium body lower carbonation then i would like - very smooth

drinkability is good - i dont normally like ambers and this beer was enjoyable all 22oz

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color and a huge malty complex in both aroma and taste. Very froathy and rich looking. Toast, deep caramel, mild fruity notes, and a subtle stride of citrusy American hops give a bit of roundness to this ultimatly malty beer. Rich and full to the mouth, the beer edges toward cloying but remains firmly planted on the malt-dominant side of things. Bready, nutty, and with a long warm linger of toasted malts. Reminds me a lot of Cracker Jacks candies.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-transparent, appetizing mahogany-brown; there was not much head, but this was an artifact of the pour. Malty aroma has notes of cloves and wood plus a hint of apple. Strong, malty flavor has a firm fruity tone that is mainly apple and pear with a hint of banana, as well as touches of cloves and hops. Smooth, robust-bodied texture is fairly fizzy and leaves a malty, woody finish.

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Photo of david18
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my previous review of the draft version:

This was one among three Napa Smith beers I tried on a recent trip to San Francisco and I was not impressed with any of them. This wasn't the worst but I don't think I'd recommend any of them.

The appearance was nice, amber/red with an active head that did stick around for a while.

Aroma was somewhat subtle (too subtle) with more bread than hops.

Flavor as well was somewhat non present and uninteresting.

This will join the other Napa Smith beers that I won't recommend.


I actually liked the bottle version quite a bit better and found it to be complex, very malty and having a nice strength to it that was perfect at the end of the workday. I look forward to trying this again on draft to see if my opinion changes.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: moist dense sourdough bread, sweet caramel, some mild darker citrus. Quite a bold aroma for an amber ale. Mild hop bitterness is more citrus than pine, american hops used here I'm sure. Some definite chocolate and roasty notes here too.

A: light copper. A bit cloudy. Head pours moderate height, is light brown in color. Head dissolves quickly and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

T: caramel, pale, and some munich malts. Some mild citrus. Faint chocolate and slight roasty notes. Quite a lot of bitter, must be the munich and or pilsner malts.

M: light to medium body. Lightly creamy and a bit drying.

O: Lots of bitter here, but the sweet caramel and chocolate help to nearly balance things out. A bold brew, kind of like a scotch in the way you would sip it. One is good, but it would be hard to down two or three of these.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This poured a beautiful deep copper in color with a luscious, off-white head that left good lacing.

Smell - The malts are light and grainy at the nose but in a very good way. Usually I wretch at the smell of grainy ARAs but here NS obviously used some quality ingredients that kept the smell going. The hops notes are light and green which is to be expected from this brewery that tends not to try to overdue the hops.

Taste - Boy does this beer come alive at the taste. The malts are big and rich with a wonderful hearty base and some nice sweets to boot. I'm getting some soft cherry notes along with maybe apricot or some other form of sweetish non-citrus flavor and even a bit of spicing. The hops are still very floral but again much bigger at the taste. This flavor profile is very crisp and clean, original, and definitive of the style.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full-bodied in the mouth with some endive-like bitterness from the hops.

Drinkability - This is a very well-crafted brew that excels at its simplicity. It is rightly balanced and definitely worth a look.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber I scored for only $2 (woot!) this beer was a rich garnet color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The retention was good and it left consistent lacing. The aroma was of toasted malt, caramel malt, toffee, honey and bread. The flavor appealed to me; I tasted the caramelized malt and the caramel/toffee notes first followed by sweet bread, honey and then a mild but appropriate hop finish. Balanced and refreshing. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation middle-of-the road, as it should be for this style, in my opinion. I enjoyed this beer, especially for the price!

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Photo of Huffs
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and developed a nice full, creamy off white head which lasted and laced well. Aroma was bready and sweet with caramel notes. Appearance was a very nice honey, amber color with a hazy hue. Taste had a strong toffee note with hints of spruce and caramel. mouthfeel was full and slightly buttery. Aftertaste was dry and a bit hoppy.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date. Poured into a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a coppery amber color with a fast-fading off-white head. Some patchy and web lacing.
It smells of wet citrusy hops and fresh bread dough. A little whiff of alcohol is noticed.
A big dose of hops is upfront and in the finish. Citrus, metallic and resinous flavors are all quite potent. A sweet caramel maltiness inches forward. Tart berries and a gin-like alcoholic bite poke through.
It's a well-rounded brew with a fairly rich body.
Think spicy Jambalaya, hot wings or crispy pepperoni pizza.

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Photo of newsage
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you look at my reviews you'll see that I'm a big Stout drinker, But there was a time in my younger years when all that touched my lips was a nice boozy Red Ale ( This was before the dayz Of The now popular IPA ) Red Ales where typically the strongest you could find other than hard to find Double bocks and Belgium Ales. This RED ALE KICKS ASS forget the review I'm drinking it!!

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Photo of boudreaux
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, orange/amber color; off-white foamy, thick 1-finger head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing and sticking to the side of the glass

S: heavy aromas, with roasted caramel malts; floral, hoppy notes

T: sweeter than other versions of this style I've had; roasted nuts, malty caramel, and a hint of bitter hops

M: medium body; creamy, but surprising and pleasant crisp finish; would also be a clean finish, except for a lingering malty sweet aftertaste that lasts on the tongue; also a slightly dry, refreshing characteristic

O: I was surprised with this one; usually steer clear of American Amber / Red Ales, but listened to a buddy's recommendation and bought this; definitely worth the risk

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Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz mug, this is a reddish-walnut beer with a persistent, thick head. Citrusy hops are the most obvious aroma, together with sweet, slightly toasty malt. Good red ale characteristics: substantial malt, lightly caramel, lightly toasted, together with a goodly amount of bitterness and citrus hop flavor. Fairly fruity yeast character. Finish is a bit bland. Creamy soft texture.

Decent flavor and stuff, but I find this overall, a bit heavy and weighty, and not interesting enough for the strength. A lower alcohol version would be a lot better.

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Photo of tehawful
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Napa Smith Lost Dog pours a slightly hazy copper color with little to no head and visible carbonation. Carries a fresh aroma of sweet malt and floral hops with a touch of spice.

Starts off with a sweet caramelized malt taste. A mix of interesting spices kicks in mid-sip and transitions to a somewhat bitter but enjoyable hop finish. A crisp taste throughout the experience in which the malt and hops balance fairly well. A medium-light bodied ale with carbonation that complements the style.

Lost Dog was much more interesting than I had anticipated, and I would definitely introduce it into my regular rotation. The flavors are interesting enough to keep your attention, and the body is crisp and light enough to enjoy a couple in a row.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is Napa Valley Red Ale, appears a copper color with a light khaki tan head forming thick luscious head, fine even speckled layers of lacing. Aroma has a nice grain filled character hints of ripened fruit and caramel, not offensive in anyway light earthy hops. Flavor is too smoth roasted malts lay mild with caramel and fruit filled bounty, a delicate Northern CA beer available in West Virginia thank God. Mouthfeel is smooth carbonation medium bodied ale with a well hidden 7.2% alcohol by volume, sweet round edges never made a burden on the palate. Overall quality stuff well brewed will revisit even though it's about 9 bucks a 4 pack, wow.

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Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clouded amber ale, an off-white head with little lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of sweet toffee, pine, bread and lemon honey.

Sweet porridge, butter scotch, grape-fruit juice and some peel.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a good body and a light dry finish.

A well balanced nice ale.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a murky amber, with a good finger and a 1/2 worth of head that settles to a thin layer with lots of wonderful lacing from start to finish.

S: This one starts out with the normal Red Ale smells... Sweet malt, with a touch of caramel, toffee and a little hint of biscuits. Then there is a pretty strong amount of citrus hops floating around... Smells different but very good.

T: Start with the basic Red Ale style... Sweet caramel malt with a little toffee mixed in... then the hops really kick in and over takes some of the malt. Aftertaste still carries the hoppiness.

M: Medium body, smooth, a little low on carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden.

O: Not a bad beer at all, just a little different twist to the Red Ale than I was expecting, worth looking for.

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3.4 out of 5 based on 215 ratings.
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